Eddie Gilfoyle claims he was “framed” for the Wirral murder of his pregnant wife
CONVICTED Wirral murderer Eddie Gilfoyle spoke for the first time since his release on parole to declare he was “framed” over the death of his pregnant wife.
In the House of Lords yesterday, the 59-year-old said: “You are looking at an innocent man who has spent 18 years in prison for something I didn’t do.
“I did not kill my wife and I did not kill my Baby.”
Mr Gilfoyle was speaking for the first time since he was released in December and since the January lifting of a gagging order preventing him speaking to the media.
He was convicted of murdering wife Paula, 33, who was found hanged in their garage in Upton, Wirral, in 1992 but has protested his innocence throughout.
He and his supporters levied a series of allegations aimed at every level of the justice system, from Merseyside Police officers at the scene to current Justice Secretary Ken Clarke.
Their case, currently with the criminal cases review commission, is that crucial evidence pointing to a suicide rather than a murder was either deliberately withheld or lost.
Mr Gilfoyle said: “At every stage, they have tried to cover it up.
“Merseyside Police destroyed the scene and destroyed evidence.
“The police knew that I was innocent from day one.
“It was easier for me to be the fall guy for their misconduct and for their negligence.
“I was framed, taken out of the system, put in prison.”
He added: “I want my life back. I may be out of prison but I will always be a prisoner while this is hanging over my head.”
He was backed by former Merseyside assistant chief constable Alison Halford.
In a message read out by the family solicitor, Matt Foot, she said: “How sad it is that so many lives have been ruined by what was clearly a botched inquiry.
“My faith in Eddie’s innocence is unswerving.
“Sadly the perpetrators of this sorry mess are too arrogant or disingenuous to apologise.” Mr Foot said that the prosecution was built of “myths, fallacies and distorted evidence.”
The latest appeal is focusing on recently- uncovered police notes allegedly showing that Mr Gilfoyle was at work when his wife died, claims of faulty evidence given to the jury that she could not have tied the rope to a roof beam, and the destruction of the rope itself and all other forensic material.
Lord Hunt, a former Wirral MP and vice-chair of Justice, said: “At least some of the evidence has been uncovered.
“At last the truth is coming to the surface.”
A Merseyside Police spokesman said it would be inappropriate to
comment on the case while it was under review. THE GLOBE